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Fulbright in New Zealand


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A book which has as its subject a programme of such goodwill must, in the research and writing processes, rely on the goodwill of others.

Firstly, I must thank Eric Budge and Laurie Cox, the two Executive Directors of the Foundation in New Zealand, for their constant helpfulness, courtesy and patience. The book could not have been written without the time and attention they gave so unstintingly. I also must thank past and present secretaries: Doreen Galbraith, Jane Rice and Carolyn Douglas.

I also owe gratitude to the staff of the New Zealand Council for Educational Research who were so knowledgeable and pleasant during the huge task of sorting out the questionnaires as they arrived and then in the collation of the subjective material that provided so much of this account. Geraldine McDonald, Pam Kennedy, Barb Bishop and Ellen Meiklejohn were also unfailingly helpful and forthcoming with the objective material which forms the bulk of their survey. Then I must also thank the members of the Board, particularly Frank Corner, Baron von Kohorn, Bill Renwick and Geraldine McDonald, who made time to see me, read three drafts and gave much helpful advice and comment.

Then there were those who communicated what the Fulbright philosophy means to their concept of New Zealand as it is now: Judith Fyfe, Brendan Smyth, James Mack, Ken Keith, Jim Traue, Jock Phillips and Maurice Cave in Wellington, and David Mitchell, Bruce Dixon, Mary Gordon and John Jensen in Hamilton. Bob Clark took the time to see me during a busy visit from Auckland. I also must thank those who took time to write: Earl Dennis, Connie Hall, Sonia Gernes, E. P. Y. Simpson, Gwynneth Hall, Marie Dulihanty and Sandra Myres.

I must also thank, deeply and sincerely, the 662 past alumni who filled in the questionnaire and sent it back, along with anecdotes, clippings, articles, reminiscences, comments, photographs, jokes, letters and even poetry. This book could not have been written without them.

Joan Druett
February 1988

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